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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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BA SCORE
84
good

593 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 34
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some sweet and spicy flavors come in from chocolate, caramel, fruit and a faint hint of chili and other spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is exactly what you would expect from a Sam Adams bock-style beer with the added advertised attributes.

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with only a little bit of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge four finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and caramel. Very bready with a hint of nuts and oats. Subtle hints of cinnamon and chili spices. Also a little hint of earthy hops in the background. Malts smell very robust.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a bock with chocolate infused into it. Big taste of dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk, and oat. The spices start to emerge towards the finish with some hints of cinnamon and chili. Also a little hint of noble hops. Spices are still fairly subtle with the chocolate malts standing out the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. A little heat is felt in the mouth although that is probably more from the spices than the alcohol.

Overall: A very solid version of a Bock. Nice robust malts and chocolate. The spices are subtle but noticeable enough to add a interesting kick.

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JaredKent
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance on this one is very dark, though not as dark as Bitches Brew which is currently around the top of my scale. A nice, strong tan head forms on the pour with plenty of holding power. Around a 32 SRM.

Scent: On the first sniff I get a strong chocolate aroma both from the roasted malts and cocoa nibs. I definitely smell a hint of cinnamon deeper in the aroma with just a kick of heat in the background. The chocolate and the chili reminds me of drinking hot chocolate with cayenne pepper. The smoothness of the chocolate really blends well and mellows out the heat of the pepper.

Taste: The taste is exactly what you would expect from a dark bock. The roasted characters are there up front but dont overpower the beer. You get a nice crisp, clean mouthfeel that you come to expect from a lager. The chocolate flavors are coming in on multiple levels and the chili is there ever so slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is medium bodied with enough carbonation to push the unique flavors through. Not much to say, just a crisp, easy drinking bock.

Overall: This drinks exactly like their Chocolate Bock, go figure. Luckily that was probably my favorite of their releases this winter. You get plenty of the chocolate flavors which are complemented by the roasted malts. Unfortunately the chili doesn’t shine through quite as much as I had hoped. Every time I see a beer that includes chili peppers (I’m looking at you Theobroma) I wish for some actual spice and a bit of heat to shine through. All around a great beer from Sam Adams. I’ll have to try a few more from this new line.

Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with the barest hint of ruby in the light. A huge mocha head stick around, but not a lot of lacing.

Smell is as advertised, chocolate, roasted malts, with chili and cinnamon undertones that don't overpower.

Taste is rich, luxurious chocolate, and a hint of the spices. Malts are well done.

Feel is medium thickness, with good carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable for such a big beer.

I enjoyed this beer very much, it delivers on the chocolate and spices. Richness is very nice as well. If this was brewed and not released under the BBC label, but a more trendy one, it would be scoring higher.

DOA

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jjanega08
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 with no other freshness dating.

A= Pours a basic pitch black color with a nice three finger head on it that holds some steady retention and nice lacing.

S= Smells a little chocolaty I don't get much of the chili in the noce. At first I got a lot of the chili as the air burst out of the bottle. The bock is a nice quieter in the nose bock.

T= The taste is a bit more complex. There is a decent chocolaty flavor to it that is very evident and the chili is a little more out there than in the nose. It's a nice amount of chili so much so that it isn't hot at all but more of a subtle "chili" flavor if that makes sense. The chocolate is a nice undertone as well and the bock portion is about average.

M= The mouth is typical for a bock. What I would concider to be a little to thin for the flavors and not lasting enough. For style however I would say it's pretty good.

O= Actually a decent beer from SA. I have been pretty unimpressed with this series so far and this one actually works pretty well. Not a bad beer. The flavors work but the bock portion is a little weak. Worth checking out.

Photo of Jfowler05
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BeerAcolyte
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights at the edges. Fine-bubbled tan head. Not long-lasting but does leave some nice bully lace.

Nose is more chocolate than chili, and in fact smells eerily similar to the SA Chocolate Bock from the xmas mix pack. Light fruity notes belie yeast and alcohol with some toffee.

Taste is good. Lots of chocolate with a light hint of red chilies...chipotle-esque without the heat, a deft touch indeed. Very smooth, the carbonation is soft and light, which works well for the beer. ABV is very well hidden and the body is silky smooth while maintaining a light, bockish feel. This is my second bottle bought and wouldn’t mind having another some time down the road.

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dbrag
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of abgba121
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, near black, moderate tan head with ample staying power, leaves a light lace down the glass

S: sweet and malty, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate. I don't detect any chili, small hints of alcohol on the nose

T: rich and powerful, chocolate and roasted malts shine through, a very slight hint of spice and alcohol on the finish. A very pleasant and warming beer

M: medium to thick body, well carbonated

O: a great bock, a nice surprise from Sam Adams and one I will buy more of.

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jstark5150
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Very dark brown; opaque. Huge tan head builds, and its staying power is awesome. Thick globs of clumpy lacing.

S: Grassy hops, hay, and toasted biscuit. A touch of dark bread, hint of chocolate, and a ghost-like chili scent are all in the background. Chocolate moves more into the forefront as the beer warms.

T: Herbal and grassy hops, toasted grain and biscuit. A wave of milk chocolate rushes in mid palate. Chili pepper taste comes in late, but lingers into the finish with a spicy heat about the tongue and back of the throat. Cinnamon is noticeable in the finish too. Milk chocolate complements all this spicy heat nicely.

M: Medium bodied, but very full, creamy, and silky in texture. Low carbonation is barely noticeable.

O: Pretty decent stuff. I enjoyed it more than Chocolate Bock. I'm not a huge fan of the whole chili beer concept, but this works. This would be a great beer to cook with too. I can see it in a nice chili con carne.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bock? really? This things 8% abv, should be doppel bock right? That's how I'm gonna look at it.

Deep deep auburn brown color with a big creamy off white head which is dissipating rather quickly. Big chocolate scents on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, sticky caramel malts and a touch of chili comes through as well.

Creamy mouthfeel with a lactic presence. Balance is very good. Sweet milk chocolate up front followed by a gooey caramel presence and balanced and finished by a touch of chili. My throat cant detect the heat, but I can taste it. My boss was able to detect the heat a bit but I eat a ton of spicy foods so I might have a bit of immunity to it. Cinnamon sugar makes its presence known as the beer warms through out the entire sip. Well blended yet layered at the same time. A really impressive and unique brew. Perfect balance of sweet and savory however I'd love a touch more heat.

The only beer of this sam adams limited release series that I enjoy. Wish the rest of them turned out like this.

Photo of travolta
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Black to brown around the edges. Tan/carmel head which is foamy. Little retention/nice lacing.

Nose: A little malt upfront, powdery cocoa in the middle, with malty chili in the end. the chili is very unpronounced.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Very conservative with the spice. It is a bock, no doubt. Malty and chocolate smoothness with perfect carbonation.

Notes: A conservative bock with interesting qualities. I will be buying another...couple.

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mnavarra
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with nice label. Thanks to John S. for bringing this one down on a visit! Bock brewed with chocolate, chilis, and cinnamon; kind of like a mole? We'll see!

Appearance: Near-black into the glass, with brown around the edges, with a nice light-tan cap that shows decent retention.

Smell: The aromas meld a nice toasty, caramelly bock with a rich, dark brown ale. Maybe just a hint of spice (both heat and cinnamon?) but that's all that suggests this is anything other than a standard (if very pleasant) brown ale/bock.

Taste: Color me surprised! I was not a real fan of SA's regular Chocolate Bock (in the holiday pack last season) but this is pretty tasty. First and foremost, it TASTES like a bock. It's toasty, bready, and a bit caramelly (though the flavor intensity could be ratcheted up just a tad), and there's only a bit of dusty cocoa on the finish, and a ghost of dry, dusty heat at the end. This is really quite enjoyable. This would make (in my opinion) a FAR better holiday offering (with the cinnamon and heat) than the regular Chocolate Bock offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to medium-full.

Overall: Alcohol that's perceived only in a pleasant warming sensation, coupled with a tasty bock with an interesting twist, I'd say SA's got this one spot on. I dunno how much it cost (I think around $6-7), but at that price, I'd likely pick up another if they ever brewed it again.

Overall, solid B...well crafted, and nicely executed. Thanks John!

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.